He’s the son of an NBA sharpshooter and his brother is a future Hall of Famer. But Seth Curry is his own player. The Athletic’s Jason Quick talks to Curry about how he carved out his own path in the NBA. And while writers may want to cover Seth going against his brother Steph in the 3-Point Shootout in his hometown of Charlotte this year, Curry isn’t having that:
“I don’t know what to tell you … just don’t go with the basic, ‘Trying to step out of the Steph shadow,”’ he said. “Everybody tries to write that, know what I’m saying? It’s been written a million times.”
Now, after sitting out all of last season with a leg injury, he is in his first season in Portland and fifth in the NBA. After a rough start in Portland, where he briefly fell out of the rotation, he ranks second in the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage and feels like he can be the “forgotten piece” to get the Blazers over the hump.
But as confident as Curry is in his game, he tells Quick that that confidence was tested this season:
The game before, against Minnesota, he did not play. Then, during a loss to the Rockets, Curry had a flurry of miscues late in the game that helped the Rockets pull away. He missed a boxout. He coughed up the ball on the perimeter, resulting in a fast break basket. And he threw away an inbounds pass.
Worse yet, when he was open on the perimeter, his teammates weren’t finding him. At least twice in the fourth quarter, Curry on the weakside frantically waved his arms to attract the attention of his teammate, only to see a shot go up, or the ball passed elsewhere. Both times, Curry shook his head in frustration.
“I was trying to find out how I fit with this team,” Curry remembers. “Just … trying to figure it out. They play a certain way here. They have played a certain way for a long time. You have two guards who are really aggressive who have the ball most of the time, so I got to be ready at all times. Some nights I will get shots, some nights I won’t, so, that’s the challenge for me.”
Make sure to click through and read the full piece here. It’s full of quotes and insight from Curry about what made him the player he is today.
On the season, Curry is averaging six points per game and shooting better than 47 percent from behind the 3-point line. He’ll be a free agent at the end of the season.